Minnesota Twins: Top 10 Prospects – No. 2 Nick Gordon
Puckett’s Pond presents our Top 10 Minnesota Twins prospects. At #2 for the Minnesota Twins is Nick Gordon.
Nick Gordon, the Minnesota Twins first round selection in the 2014 amateur draft, is the best position player in our top 10 prospects.
Before the Twins sent him down to minor league camp, Gordon received a healthy chunk of playing time.
Gordon split time at second base and shortstop. He didn’t make any errors and looked good defensively at each position.
In 11 at-bats, Gordon collected two hits while striking out three times. He was also able to steal a base.
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He didn’t get to show off his improving gap power but did tease with his line drive type swing.
Gordon was an All-Star for single-A Fort Myers last season. He slashed .288/.341/.410 with two home runs, 19 RBIs, and nine stolen bases at the All-Star break.
On defense, he committed 15 errors in 54 games. Of the 15 errors he made, nine were throwing errors. For some observers,
For some observers, Gordon’s throwing issues are enough to warrant a possible position change.
#2 – Nick Gordon
- Position: SS Age: 21
- Height: 6’0” Weight: 160 lbs.
- Throws: Right Bats: Left
- Acquired: 5th overall in the first round of the 2014 amateur draft
It’s worth keeping an eye on the Twins plan for Gordon as he moves up the ranks. Is he the Twins shortstop of the future, or will the team move him to second base?
The Twins front office will have to make a decision regarding Gordon’s future positioning before he gets to Triple-A.
If he continues his path to the majors as a shortstop, he can end the revolving door of Twins opening day shortstops. Otherwise, Gordon will serve as a less powerful replacement of Brian Dozier.
He is still several years off from becoming an everyday major leaguer as he’ll likely debut with the Twins in 2019.
Previous stories on Puckett’s Pond Top 10 Prospects:
Honorable Mentions #10: Adalberto Mejia
#9: Nick Burdi #8: Ben Rortvedt
#7: J.T. Chargois #6: Kohl Stewart
#5: Alex Kirilloff #4: Fernando Romero
#3: Tyler Jay